CWUNewsNewshttp://www.cwu.edu/veterans/newsen-usCWU Presentation to Focus on a ‘Promise Kept’http://www.cwu.edu/veterans/node/2571Thu, 28 Apr 2016 14:56:27<p><img alt="" src="/veterans/sites/cts.cwu.edu.veterans/files/Rodriguez%20%28credit%20Clemson%20University_Ashley%20Jones.%29.jpg" style="width: 235px; height: 273px; float: right; margin: 3px; border-width: 3px; border-style: solid;">Daniel Rodriguez will recount his personal journey from tragedy to triumph during two speaking engagements in May at Central Washington University.</p><p>The United States Army Purple Heart and Bronze Star Medal recipient will make the keynote remarks at the Student Veteran Graduation Dinner on Monday, May 9.</p><p>A former National Football League player, Rodriguez will also be the featured speaker during a free, public presentation on Tuesday, May 10, at 7 p.m. in the Student Union and Recreation Center (SURC) Theatre, sponsored by the CWU Veterans Center and Campus Activities.</p><p>Despite his diminutive stature, at 5-foot-8 and 180 pounds, Rodriguez was a standout prep wide receiver in&nbsp;Stafford, Virginia, with a plan to go on to college and then join the pros. Life intervened when his father, who was also his coach, passed away right after Rodriguez’s&nbsp;high school graduation.</p><p>In response, and to honor his dad who was a military veteran, Rodriguez joined the army, advancing up the ranks to sergeant. On separate duty tours, he was deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan and ended up fighting—and seeing his best friend killed—in the Battle of Kamdesh, one of Afghanistan’s bloodiest conflicts. Rodriguez was involved in the fight for 12 hours despite suffering bullet fragments in his shoulder and shrapnel in his legs and neck.</p><p>Returning home from the battlefield, he was afflicted with post-traumatic stress disorder, including thoughts of suicide. But Rodriguez said he persevered by reminding himself of—and then started work to fulfill—a promise he made to his late friend: that he would keep pursuing his collegiate and professional football dreams.</p><p>“I started thinking to myself I need to live my life in this manner that whatever I do is positive and I need to start thinking differently,” Rodriguez said.</p><p>Rodriguez&nbsp;would go to star for the Clemson (South Carolina) University football team. He then signed professionally with the St. Louis Rams.&nbsp;Today, he is a motivational speaker through his company, “Dream Big.” His story is also chronicled in the autobiography, “Rise: A Soldier, a Dream, and a Promise Kept.”</p><p><strong>Media contact:&nbsp;</strong>Diana Kellerman, office assistant, CWU Veterans Center, 509-963-3028,&nbsp;Kellerman@cwu.edu&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>April 28, 2016</p><p><strong>Photo:</strong> Daniel Rodriguez, courtesy Clemson University, Ashley Jones</p>Student Veterans Outreach & Support Meetinghttp://www.cwu.edu/veterans/node/2570Thu, 14 Apr 2016 18:52:47<p><img alt="" src="/veterans/sites/cts.cwu.edu.veterans/files/images/Outreach%20%20Support%20Group.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 281px;"></p>Graduation and SALUTE Induction Ceremonyhttp://www.cwu.edu/veterans/node/2569Thu, 07 Apr 2016 12:11:03<p><img alt="" src="/veterans/sites/cts.cwu.edu.veterans/files/images/grad-salute2016.jpg" style="width: 450px; height: 126px;"></p><p>You are cordially invited to attend the veteran graduation celebration and SALUTE induction ceremony. Graduating veterans will receive a CWU alumni veterans coin. SALUTE inductees will be presented with honor society certificates and SALUTE coins. Dinner and beverages will be served as part of the program.</p><h2><a href="https://www.cwu.edu/veterans/veterans-graduation-celebration-and-salute-induction">Click Here to RSVP!</a></h2><p><strong>Date: May 9, 2016<br>Location: SURC 137A-B<br>Time: 5:30- 7:30 PM</strong></p></br></br>Attention Student Veteranshttp://www.cwu.edu/veterans/node/2567Fri, 01 Apr 2016 16:02:41<p><img alt="" src="/veterans/sites/cts.cwu.edu.veterans/files/images/VET%20Poster.png" style="width: 460px; height: 600px;"></p>Wildcat Day 2016http://www.cwu.edu/veterans/node/2566Mon, 28 Mar 2016 14:31:25<p>A Veterans Center Representative will be in attendance at Wildcat Day 2016.&nbsp; During the student services fair, we will be tabling if you would like to stop by with any questions.&nbsp; Please see the link for additional information <a href="http://www.cwu.edu/orientation/phase-i-wildcat-day" target="_blank">http://www.cwu.edu/orientation/phase-i-wildcat-day</a>.</p><p>Thank you,<br>Veterans Center Staff</p></br>CWU Veterans Awarness Weekhttp://www.cwu.edu/veterans/node/2565Mon, 29 Feb 2016 21:47:48<p><img alt="" src="/veterans/sites/cts.cwu.edu.veterans/files/images/Veteran%20Awareness%20Week%20Flyer.jpg" style="height: 199px; width: 450px;"></p>CWU Veterans Memorial Projecthttp://www.cwu.edu/veterans/node/2564Fri, 19 Feb 2016 15:32:19<p>Please visit this link to follow the progress on the <a href="http://www.cwu.edu/ascwu/veterans-memorial-project" target="_blank">Veterans Memorial Project.</a> http://www.cwu.edu/ascwu/veterans-memorial-project.</p><p>Additional information can also be found at the <a href="http://www.dailyrecordnews.com/members/cwu-student-government-working-to-build-veterans-memorial/article_d7bbfaac-d729-11e5-9d2d-93e4eacb0ae6.html" target="_blank">Ellensburg Daily Record.</a></p><p>Thank you,<br>Veterans Center Staff<br>&nbsp;</p></br></br>2016 Veteran, Dependents and Graduates Job Fairhttp://www.cwu.edu/veterans/node/2563Fri, 12 Feb 2016 16:44:10<p><img alt="" src="/veterans/sites/cts.cwu.edu.veterans/files/images/job16.JPG" style="width: 500px; height: 600px;"></p>Translating your Military Experience Resume Building Workshop http://www.cwu.edu/veterans/node/2561Wed, 10 Feb 2016 14:06:05<p>The Veterans Center has partnered with Career Services to hold a Resume Building Workshop on <strong>February 24, 2016 at 3:00 pm until 4:00 pm in Black Hall, room 202.</strong> This will be a great opportunity to learn how to translate your military experience into civilian terminology to become more marketable in the job market. If this sounds interesting to you, follow these steps to sign up for the workshop:</p><p>1.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Login to your mycwu account.<br>2.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Under applications, click on the Wildcat Career Network.<br>3.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Click on the Events tab.<br>4.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Select “workshops”<br>5.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; RSVP to “Translating your Military Experience”<br><br>Thank you,<br>Veterans Center Staff<br>&nbsp;</p></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br>Veteran Surveyhttp://www.cwu.edu/veterans/node/2560Thu, 21 Jan 2016 16:21:08<p>If you are interested, please follow the link for an important survey on Veterans and Active Service Members Perceived Effectiveness of Reintegration Programs. This survey was created in hopes to collect the opinions and knowledge that military personnel &nbsp;have on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and the symptoms associated with it, as well as Reintegration Programs in general.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Follow this link to the Survey:</strong><br><a href="https://cwu.co1.qualtrics.com/SE?SID=SV_d0ZaH6Dm7dPjPwx&amp;Q_CHL=email&amp;Preview=Survey">Take the Survey</a></p><p>Or copy and paste the URL below into your internet browser:<br><a href="https://cwu.co1.qualtrics.com/SE?SID=SV_d0ZaH6Dm7dPjPwx&amp;Q_CHL=email&amp;Preview=Survey">https://cwu.co1.qualtrics.com/SE?SID=SV_d0ZaH6Dm7dPjPwx&amp;Q_CHL=email&amp;Preview=Survey</a></p><p><br>Thank You,<br>Veterans Center Staff</p></br></br></br></br>